This project will offer tailoring, hair dressing, bid making, teach craft, computer training and English language to 50 teenage mothers. These teenage mothers are young refugee girls who have been victims of different forms of sexual abuses both in Uganda and in their countries of origin. They are below 18 but also have now other children to look after. In most cases they produced these children when they were raped. And in most cases they don't know who the fathers of the children are.
The United Nations described the East of the Democratic Republic of Congo as the Capital City of rape done by armed groups on women. Among the most victims are young girls from 12 to 18 years who find themselves pregnant after being raped. As they seek asylum in Uganda they are not accorded with any humanitarian assistance yet they have lost their dignity and support from the families which look at them as curse. Some cultures are too oppressive against them and consider them as a wastage.
This project will advocate for the rights of these teenage mothers in their families, the communities and the stake holders through creating awareness and mitigating the people's beliefs towards them.
This project will offer them necessary life skills to promote in their communities so that they can regain back their dignity through small income generating activities, giving the opportunities to go back to school and teaching them life skills.
This will help many people to change their attitudes towards young girls who have been sexually abused in their different communities. It will also encourage other young girls who are stigmatized to come up and fight for their destiny as they will discover their potential.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).